Publication Date

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Elizabeth Tannenbaum

Second Advisor

Susan Barduhn


Coursework in the revisioned Low-Residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at SIT Graduate Institute takes place primarily online. In this paper, the author examines the first two years of the program (which launched in 2013) from her experience as the program coordinator to illustrate how the MAT program’s foundational educational principles influence the program in the e-learning environment. The author uses the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework to give an overview analysis of the design and implementation of the online courses, to measure levels of social and cognitive presence among students, and to identify areas of potential improvement. Levels of student satisfaction are measured using a survey and student feedback compiled over the past two years. The research indicates a high level of student satisfaction with the program.


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Higher Education and Teaching | Instructional Media Design | Online and Distance Education